Across the Blossom Federation, we have prioritised PE and sport in our budget to enhance children’s participation, involvement, and attainment in PE. We are committed to ensuring our children understand the importance of being active, to have a healthy lifestyle and to enjoy sports and games activities, from our very youngest children to our Year 6s.
We welcomed the Government’s announcement in June, 2022 confirming that schools in England would benefit from £320 million from the PE and Sport Premium during this academic year 2022 -23. This is significant as children return to ‘normality’ in school after long periods of remote learning and isolation. Research from Sport England, showed that the number of children meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines dropped from almost 47% to 19% as a result of being out of school. Over a third of children said they’ve had less chance to be active because schools were shut. It is vital that children are, once again, able to benefit by participating in a wide variety of sports activities.
The Sports Premium investment will play an important part in getting children active - not just for their physical health but also for mental resilience and academic achievement. Across Blossom, we are committed to using this resource in developing high quality PE lessons, alongside greater opportunities for sporting competitions and clubs for all our children.